35 days in California Itinerary

35 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California sightseeing planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

35 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
7
Mount Shasta
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
8
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sydney

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Cable Car Museum. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and The Gregangelo Museum. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Monterey Bay and Dennis the Menace Park. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Point Lobos and Lovers Point. Step out of Monterey with an excursion to Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz--about 1 hour away. Spend the 30th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Fairy Tale Cottages of Hugh Comstock, take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

Find out how to plan Monterey trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Monterey sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove, Natural Bridges State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally don't miss a visit to San Simeon Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing, and finally see the interesting displays at Greenspace Creekside Reserve.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planner.

Drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in December, plan for little chillier nights in San Simeon, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

4
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Mission San Juan Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano (about 1h 25 min away). Pack the 5th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier and engage your brain at California Science Center.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than San Simeon - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

4
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kids will enjoy San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument. Explore hidden gems such as San Diego Zoo Safari Park and Coronado Island. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cuvier Park - The Wedding Bowl, sample the fine beverages at Malahat Spirits, and take in the views from Coronado Bridge.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Diego online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daytime highs in San Diego are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Coronado Island
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo Safari Park ©
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Badwater Basin and Dante's View. Take a break from Death Valley National Park with a short trip to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Amargosa Valley, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, and explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Getting from San Diego to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from San Diego in January, expect Death Valley National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

4
nights
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. Attractions like Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum and Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt Shasta Ski Park and McCloud Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Mount Shasta side-trips: McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park (in Burney) and Subway Cave (in Old Station). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Shasta-Trinity National Forest, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Castle Lake, pause for some photo ops at Living Memorial Sculpture, and stop by The Weed Store.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mount Shasta trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Mount Shasta in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in January, with highs in Mount Shasta at 9°C and lows at -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Weed, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, Subway Cave, McCloud Falls
Highlights from your plan
Mt Shasta Ski Park ©
Mt Shasta Ski Park
Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum ©
Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum

4
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and June Mountain. Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and get advice or help at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

Discover how to plan a Yosemite National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Mount Shasta to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Mount Shasta in January, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

June Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
June Mountain ©
June Mountain
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

Similar Plans

37 days in California BY A USER FROM BRAZIL December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 37 days in California BY A USER FROM HUNGARY May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 36 days in Las Vegas, California & New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 46 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 44 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 36 days in California BY A USER FROM INDIA February, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 54 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 36 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA October, teens, outdoors, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, teens, outdoors, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans